Saturday 3 December 2016

Let's make them pay

Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00

This undated photo released by the Metropolitan Corrections Center shows a jail cell at the facility in New York. A 7 1/2-by-8 foot cell such as this will house disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, 70, who was ordered to jail Thursday, March 12, 2009 after pleading guilty to an epic fraud that robbed investors worldwide of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Corrections Center)
This undated photo released by the Metropolitan Corrections Center shows a jail cell at the facility in New York. A 7 1/2-by-8 foot cell such as this will house disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, 70, who was ordered to jail Thursday, March 12, 2009 after pleading guilty to an epic fraud that robbed investors worldwide of billions of dollars. (AP Photo/The Metropolitan Corrections Center)

Sir -- There were many good articles in last week's paper and I believe they echoed what the vast majority in this country want which is that the people who got us into this mess should be made accountable, sent to jail, have their pockets emptied and held up to ridicule and shame. If we need to change the Constitution, do it! Does any politician think that the public would not turn out in droves to help punish those who have nearly destroyed this country?

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These actions would help us feel that some justice has been done and it would show Europe and the world that we are dealing with the people who caused this and that we will not let it happen again.

The scandal of the obscene pay packets and pensions of the politicians, public servants and bankers should be dealt with at the same time. At any time, but especially now, no politician, or person working for the State or banks should be earning more than €150,000. The thought of the current obscene pay packets is sickening to the ordinary Irish worker and amazing to foreign observers.

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